(this is what I shared with my nephew and niece)
(This is what I shared with my team, at work, during my farewell)
- Yes, this happened to me and I first need to understand this: I always used to think that I’ve all the time in the world. And the first news of diagnosis knocks your socks off! It didn’t at first as I was in Denial. But it did came to me – that there is something that is seriously wrong with me and the first thing for me to do is to learn more about what caused this and what are the options out there.
- (I tried to) not panic and did my research beforehand: I did my first research on my own which in hindsight played out good as speaking straight to people, with myself lacking basic appreciation would have only confounded me. I gave myself time for doing basic research, around 2-3 days of full attention. I refrained from reading any magazine articles that offer silver bullet benefits rather I read published research papers from medical industry or peer reviewed papers where the methodology sounded non-biased. The output of my research was as 4 page word document where i’d captured what happens in my condition (pathophysiologically and symptom-wise), what are the triggers and what are the treatment/management options
- I identified the best expert and took an appointment: This was perhaps most important because most of us are not doctors and consulting a doctor is the first step towards fixing yourself. I was lucky to get an appointment in a week and before the appointment I made a list of my symptoms. My doctor really appreciated this as doctors find it extremely helpful when patients can explain the full trend of symptom log. What followed next was a barrage of tests. After the tests came, I discussed my diagnosis and prognosis with my doc.
- I didn’t take a second opinion, which was a mistake: My doc has excellent credentials and i somehow got disillusioned with authority bias. In hindsight, I should’ ve spoken to at least another industry expert, which I did later. The realization that I got was that western medicine is extremely good at crisis management but eastern medicine is more sustainable and gentler on body.
- I tried a therapy with full devotion and later switched: It was as 3 month course of a strong medication that I blindly trusted my doc with. I started listening carefully to my body and soon realized that the relief was only symptomatic and there were quite severe side effects. After reading some published research and discussing with my doc, I didn’t go for an extension of the drug course. Instead I embarked on another treatment of managing my condition by functional medicine: diet and exercise. This time I reached out to multiple experts and started on a protocol.
- I still keep questioning my choices: There is a interesting concept called Half Life of Facts – almost all we regard as proven knowledge, gets debunked faster than we can ever imagine. This is extremely relevant in medical parlance as well. So, I do approach my beliefs with healthy dose of skepticism.
- I continuously force myself to become a more joyous and a more giving person towards my dear ones: What you are going through is probably more difficult for your dear ones as they don’t live inside your head. The worst thing I did initially was to alienate myself from everyone as I thought to myself that I’d landed myself in this situation and only I can drag myself out of it. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Being vulnerable gave me immense strength, courage and love to carry on and also grow deeper and more meaningful relationship with my partner, my family and friends – at work and otherwise
So, I received this message today in morning in one of the (many) Whattsapp groups.
It is a detailed message with proper formatting, which makes it sound credible.
But as I’d a couple of free minutes in morning (and this topic is close to my heart I was able to identify that this is fake news.
This was the message:
Dr. Anita Simon (M. D. Pediatrician). *Finally Good News For Diabetes.*
Hope you can forward the below message to help some one who needs this info…!
A woman (65) was diabetic for the last 20+ years and was taking insulin twice a day. She used the enclosed homemade medicine for a fortnight and now she is absolutely free of diabetes and taking all her food as normal including sweets.
The doctors have advised her to stop insulin and any other blood sugar controlling drugs. I request you all please circulate the email below to as many people as you can and let them take maximum benefit from it.
AS RECEIVED :
_*DR. TONY ALMEIDA*_
(Bombay Kidney Speciality expert) made the extensive experiments with perseverance and patience and discovered a successful treatment for diabetes.
Now a days a lot of people, old men & women in particular suffer a lot due to Diabetes.
1 – *Wheat 100 gm*
2 – *Barley 100 gm*
3 – *Black Seeds (kolunji) 100 gm*
Kolunji is *karunjeeraham* in tamil
_*Method of Preparation :*_
Put all the above ingredients in *5 cups of water*.
*Boil it for 10 minute* and put off the fire.
*Allow it to cool down by itself*.
When it has become cold, *filter* out the
seeds *and preserve water in a glass jug or bottle* .
_*How to use it?*_
Take *one small cup of this water every day early morning when your stomach is empty*.
Continue this *for 7 days*.
*Next week repeat the same but on alternate days*. With these 2 weeks of
treatment *you will wonder to see that you have become normal* and can eat
normal food without problem* .*
A request is to spread this to as many as possible so that others can also take benefit out of it.
*SINCE THESE ARE ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS, TAKING THEM IS NOT HARMFUL. SO THOSE WHO ARE SCEPTICAL ABOUT THIS TREATMENT MAY STILL TRY IT WITHOUT ANY HARM.*
So, what are the quick give-aways?
- Check grammar: The message starts off by Dr Anita Simon (MD Pediatrician) with the subject: Finally good news for Diabetes!
- There is no medical branch called Pediatrician, it is Pediatrics and the subject should have been Good News for Diabetics not Diabetes.
- Check facts: Common seed has three parts: bran, endosperm and germ. The core nutrients of a seed is found in germ and some proteins/oil is in endosperm. Boiling a seed and drinking that water will only mean that you end up consuming a concentrated pesticide solution
- Apply common sense: The biggest fad/scam of 21st century is passing off everything as non-harmful because it is natural. This indeed is very misleading. Even organic crops are treated with pesticides and fertilisers but those chemicals are not artificially synthesised in factories.
And one final suggestion to all – most of us consume news through social media (it is all pervasive), so, don’t forward any message till you can vouch for it and also CALL OUT FAKE NEWS WHEN YOU SPOT IT!
That way you may end up helping out a lot more people.
Pic courtesy: http://www.marketing-interactive.com/journalists-in-the-philippines-fight-fake-news-on-social-networks/
So, a couple of days back I was watching another inane video on YouTube and the pre-roll ad had Hans Zimmer explaining how anyone can compose music.
So today, while practicing a bit suggested by Ms Emma (my piano teacher), I just stumbled upon this chord progression, which sounds like a Carry Grant as a fugitive running away from police.
I’ve titled it Anxiety!
It’s just a change in calendar date, so, why make such a big fuss?
And of course it has evolved into a massive marketing gimmick – selling hope to people who want to ‘transform’ their lives.
But if we dig more, we realise that the idea of ‘new year’ brings with itself the opportunities to change our habits, recalibrate our value system and reacquire the focus to move closer to our life goals, with the HOPE that we will be better this time.
Also, Newton’s first law of motion- Inertia, entirely applies to humans. It is so convenient to push our self-acknowledged, detrimental habits till end of the year with the HOPE that next year will make us more gritty. And we will stay on the path that will get us closer to our goals.
So essentially, last week of a month becomes an exercise which makes us more self-aware- a time for some introspection where we acknowledge how blessed we are and what additional necessities we lack to make our lives complete.
In such a case, New Year Resolution is a useful exercise! It helps us to understand ourselves better, make us aware of our blessings and point us to direction where we can do more.
My new year’s resolution for 2018:
1) Stick to my value system. Read it to more often to self.
2) Do more of things that make me more content – music, reading, learning.
3) Focus more on my health and well-being.
True friends are like a strong cup of coffee in morning, they assure that the day is going to turn out great!
True friends are like your favorite song while growing up, they remind you of good memories whenever you meet them.
True friends are like reading a good book, at some point, you both start speaking to each other.